How your donation helps BCC and UMHC kids become high school graduates!
Summer’s end is almost here, but before thoughts turn back to multiplication tables and homework assignments, we have an amazing number of our own to share with you.
That’s the number of Board of Child Care residents who graduated from either our Strawbridge School or local public high schools this past June.
Here is why this number is so special: Our 100 percent graduation rate beats the foster care system national average of 50 percent!
Our goal is that every child should graduate from high school, and we need your help to make sure 100% of our students continue to walk across the stage with pride at his or her own high school graduation.
You can read about that here and check out the Back to School appeal! To our donors and volunteers, thanks for everything you do!
Please consider giving to the Board of Child Care—either again or the first time—to help us provide these truly inspirational individuals with the tools and guidance they need to get the best possible start in life.
Thank you for being behind the youth we serve 100%. Your support of the Back to School appeal helps students graduate and set them up for a lifetime of future success!
Do you have an upcoming anniversary or birthday? Perhaps a friend or family member is about to celebrate one? Why not make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one instead of purchasing a physical gift? They’ll receive a beautiful acknowledgment card letting them know of your generosity. Donate securely and quickly at boardofchildcare.org.
On Thursday, July 25, the Board of Child Care Early Learning Program hosted two representatives from the Chinese Delegation. The Chinese Delegation is on a US visit visiting early learning programs to learn more about their best practices and teacher training in conjunction with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. They will be bringing a group of 15 early childhood leaders from China back to BCC in late September of this year. Pictured in the photo from left to right are Dale Brown, DC Child Care Connections; Angelique Clarkbrown, DC Department of Behavioral Health; Jessica Ling, President AIYOU Education Consulting; Joseph (Jessica’s fiancé); Joan Raghunath, Krystina Johnson and David Ding Senior Advisor of AIYOU Education Consulting.
To learn more about BCC’s Early Learning Program and career opportunities click here
Board of Child Care’s core values of Safety, Empathy, Integrity, and Impact provide a solid foundation for all staff to grow professionally, personally and spiritually.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, during BCC’s all staff meeting, our President and CEO Laurie Anne Spagnola presented several amazing team members who embody our core values to make a greater impact on the youth and families we serve.
Join us as we celebrate our BCC Core Value Award Winners.
Safety as a mindset. We value life, spirit, and health above all else and take action to maintain the safety of our workplaces, programs, and services. We are personally accountable for our own safety and collectively responsible for the safety of our community.
Empathywill guide our programming and culture at all levels. A supportive work and program environment mean possessing a desire to know and understand others. We recognize that with empathy we will better understand what type of care and encouragement to provide.
Integrity, openness, and honesty with all stakeholders make for both the best program outcomes and team culture. We, as an organization, must build trust with our program participants by being thoughtful, transparent, and committed to our decisions and promises.
Impact drives lasting change. We seek to make lasting change in the lives of those we work with by providing services that are durable, measurable, and sustainable. We will maximize our impact by investing in staff and board development. Feedback gathered from our entire community will enhance and strengthen our programs and their outcomes.
Thank you to all of our amazing staff!
Learn more about our dynamic Board of Child Care staff and career opportunities here.
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO JOINED US FOR A WONDERFUL EVENT!
The 2019 Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, May 2nd at the Board of Child Care’s (BCC) Baltimore campus. Also, the meeting was televised to the West Virginia Campus.
Auxiliary President Sue Everhart welcomed auxiliary guests and friends of BCC.
Laurie Anne Spagnola, MSW, President, and CEO presented on the new changes within the agency and how the Auxiliary has helped to support BCC’s Programs across the Mid-Atlantic.
Kelly Berger, LCSW-C Vice President of Special Operations provided a general overview of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) PBIS – what it is, how it works and the reasons why BCC has chosen to use it as a framework for programming agency-wide – in both educational and residential programs in MD, as well as in WV and PA.
Jaclyn Blachly, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Director of Behavior and Related Services connected (PBIS) to the outcomes of improving the social, emotional and academic outcomes for students at Strawbridge School.
There was a special recognition service for an auxiliary member Alice Chesler. She was honored with a leaf on the Tree of Life by Centenary UMC for over 50 years of service to the Board of Child Care and the Auxiliary.
The major business of the meeting included a vote to ratify the revised Constitution which was passed by majority vote.
Breezeway Market by the Strawbridge School sold over one thousand dollars in hand crafted merchandise!
What’s a better way to start off Spring then spending quality time with family?
We recently celebrated youth and families by sponsoring a Spring N’ Paint Event!
Check out our new artists as they paint along side their mom, dad, grandma, foster dad, sister or brother lets the healing and building memories together.
Case Manager, Rigel Moore said, “We served delicious BBQ catered by Andy Nelsons. Families laughed and smiled while they painted with her loved ones. It was great seeing our youth interact and engage with there loved ones.”
Thank you to our donors, staff, volunteers, care team, families and youth for contributing to our
purpose; enriching communities, one family at a time.
The Breezeway Market hosted a special event Thursday, May 2nd to support BCC’s Annual Auxiliary Volunteers and Friends of BCC!
Strawbridge students have been busy hand painting pottery getting ready for the Spring.
The horticulture youth have learned how to propagate spider plants. In addition the market was stocked with freshly potted vegetables plants for your garden or outdoor pot; tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, or basil plants.
The sweetest treats are were sold at the Breezeway Market included chocolate covered pretzels and homemade cookies.
The market was also stocked with body scrubs, lotions, dreamcatchers paintings, candles and more!